Information and Communication Engineering (iCE)
(Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: English in the first year; English and German in the second year.|
|Internship: A minimum 12-week technical internship (“Praktikum”) must be completed before registering for the Master's thesis. Completion of the internship before beginning the courses is strongly recommended. For further information, please contact the department's Service Centre.|
Requirements for Admission:|
Please also note the general information on the Master's degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The research-oriented study programme Master of Science Information and Communication Engineering is focused on the theoretical basics, models and applications of information transmission and processing. This includes communication techniques and algorithms, methods for their microelectronic integration in hardware/software solutions with applications in mobile and multimedia communication, coding, data compression, security, image processing, medical systems etc. The interdisciplinary study programme is tailored to German as well as foreign students intending to pursue a degree with an international focus and courses held in English.
The programme consists of an Mandatory Subject Area (33 CPs) and an Optional Fundamentals (10 CPs) as well as an Elective Subject Area (41 CPs). In the Elective Subject Area students select three of the following specialised subject areas:
- Device Technology and Circuit Design
- Electronic System Design
- Communication Technology
- Communication Systems
- Communication Science and Media Technology
- IT in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.
In addition, the Studium Generale (6 CPs) allows students from abroad to attend German language courses in the first semesters.
The Master’s Thesis (30 CPs) is scheduled for the fourth semester. At that point, students must have achieved a minimum of 75 Credit Points; successfully mastered the language exams from the catalogue „Languages“, and completed the obligatory technical internship, (see the internship regulations: Praktikumsordung).
In terms of content, the Master`s Thesis must not overlap with the technical internship.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more scientific depth and a more complete methodological and technological understanding of the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (B.Sc.) (Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, B.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.) (Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Information Systems Technology (M.Sc.) (Informationssystemtechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Mechatronics (M.Sc.) (Mechatronik, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
There is a wide range of career perspectives for electrical engineers since electrical engineering is a key technology in numerous fields of engineering, e.g. mechanical and process engineering, aerospace, the automotive industry as well as medical engineering. Also, companies within the scope of information and communication technology, energy engineering and automation engineering belong to the potential employers of electrical engineers.
Also, a considerable number of graduates choses the Ph.D. as an entry into the workforce and begins working towards a Ph.D. at a university or research institute.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE) (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies)
Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektroindustrie (ZVEI) (German central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)